New Delhi, 11th Sept, 2019: Salient points of my speech at symposium on "Dara Shikoh: The Hero of Harmonious Tradition of India” organised in New Delhi today:

Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today said here that Dara Shikoh, during his lifetime, was a victim of the “brutality of fanatics” influenced by Aurangzeb’s thinking and later was victim of "intolerance of so-called secular historians".

Addressing a symposium on Dara Shikoh, organised by “Academics for Nation” group at Constitution Club in New Delhi today, Shri Naqvi said that Dara Shikoh was a victim of planned conspiracy by some historians who committed a sin to erase and destroy Dara Shikoh’s message and thinking of Hindustani culture and tradition from the pages of the history.

Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh Sahsarkarywah Dr Krishna Gopal and a large number of academicians, intellectuals and social activists were also present on the occasion.

Shri Naqvi said violence-oppression committed by anarchist, violent and cruel ruler like Aurangzeb was glorified by group of “Islami fanatics, leftist and so-called secular historians”. Aurangzeb's philosophy was to destroy human values and India’s “Sanatan Sanskriti”. This same thinking gave birth to terror organizations like Al Qaeda, ISIS, Jaish-e-Muhammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba etc.

Shri Naqvi said that had we introduced the culture, commitment and message of Dara Shikoh to our generation, such evil forces, which are a threat to the entire world, would not have been come into existence.

Shri Naqvi said that while Aurangzeb was a symbol of terrorism, Dara Shikoh was the “identity of nationalism”. The influence of the teachings of Sufi saint Moinuddin Chishti and his interaction with Maharishsis, Sanyasis gave rise to the entire personality of Dara Shikoh, which reflects is his book "Mazm-ul-Bahrain" (association of the seas). Dara Shikoh’s quest was for a homogenous and congenial social order and to impart a deeper, more humanistic meaning to religion, infusing it with spirit of love, humanity and brotherhood and setting men free from the bonds of rituals and external disparities.

Shri Naqvi said that to Dara Shikoh, truth was not the exclusive property of any particular faith or community. It was the common goal pursued by all the true followers of the right path propagated alike by Islamic religious leaders, spiritual guides and sufi saints.

Shri Naqvi said that Dara Shikoh’s translation of 52 Upanishads from Sanskrit to Persian "Sir-a-Akbar", reflected Dara Shikoh's commitment to India’s Sanatana culture and traditions. But for this, Dara Shikoh was declared as a “Kafir” by the fanatics who were influenced by Aurangzeb’s thoughts; Dara Shikoh’s love for Hindustani culture was declared as anti-Islam, but Dara Shikoh did not leave his path and commitment to justice and humanity.

The seventh Sikh Guru, Guru Har Rai, the sufi saints, sansyasis and their commitment to “Sarvdharma Sambhav” continued to refine the character and thinking of Dara Shikoh. This is the reason that Aurangzeb's brutality did not deter Dara Shikoh from his path.

Shri Naqvi said that Aurangzeb issued a “fatwa” against Dara Shikoh for his commitment, love to Indian culture and message of “Unity in Diversity” and declared him a “Kafir” and beheaded him, sent his head to their father Shahjahan, who was jailed by Aurangzeb. There was great resentment against Aurangzeb's brutality and evil designs and this led to the decline of Aurangzeb.

Shri Naqvi said that while Aurangzeb became a villain due to his cruelty- atrocities, Dara Shikoh, who was influenced by Indian’s harmonious culture, became a hero for the people. Dara Shikoh symbolizes the multiplicity and richness of India and its composite culture of the Ganga Jamni Tehzeeb. He had become messenger of India’s harmonious culture for the entire world.

Shri Naqvi said that Dara Shikoh's message of peace was based on the co-existence of Hindutva and Islam.

In Dara Shikoh’s words, “God never leaves his people without saints to guide them. Therefore, next to the prophets, there are no other persons than the saints nearer in the presence of God, the Almighty’. The true saint is a ‘perfect guide’, for, ‘No one is more compassionate and magnanimous, erudite and practical, humble and polite, heroic and charitable than the members of this hierarchy of the saints’.

Shri Naqvi congratulated "Academics for Nation" group for organizing this symposium on Dara Shikoh and said that such programmes would make the people aware of Dara Shikoh.